Merits and demerits: Razer Mamba, SONY MDR NC7/WM

Merits and demerits: Razer Mamba, SONY MDR NC7/WM
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First Published: Tue, Sep 01 2009. 08 47 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Sep 01 2009. 08 47 PM IST
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The Mamba is the fastest rodent made by Razer. A 5,600 dots per inch (dpi) mouse, it offers something very few mice do—wired and wireless connectivity. The Mamba has an attractive design—it now has a battery-charging indicator for the sensor sensitivity setting. Most of the mouse is covered with antibacterial coating, except for strips on the sides that provide a grip to your palm.
The performance of the mouse is flawless on all surfaces. There were no tracking issues whatsoever. At 5,600 dpi, the sensitivity is too high to be used by most gamers unless the sensitivity for Windows or in-game is turned down. Refresh rates can be tightened as well. The wireless performance of the mouse is also impressive—it works flawlessly from a distance of well over 10ft. There is a slight drop in performance wirelessly, though.
The wireless connectivity is really useful and nice to have in a gaming mouse. For most gamers, a mouse with sensitivities between 1,600 and 3,200 dpi is more than enough. Despite all the great things, however, we believe the Mamba is too expensive at Rs12,000.
Unncessary Shusing (click here)
The active noise cancellation circuitry of the Sony MDR NC7/WM is battery-powered by a single AAA cell. The headband armature gives the impression of being a bit flimsy, but this is no doubt the result of its folding nature. The earcups are slightly smaller than full-size circum aurals, but a bit larger than some supra aural designs.
One of the oddities we noticed is that enabling and disabling noise cancellation causes a lot of variation in the sound signature and, quite frankly, this should not happen. In fact, when using NC, the volume level also goes up. That being said, the enabling NC does drown out some small external sounds, although the headphones isolate pretty well even without this feature turned on. With NC turned off, we found the bass to be lacking—and it’s not just a lack of punch; it feels anaemic overall.
The highs also sound thin and shrill, and the soundstage narrows by around 30%. Turning on NC brings a certain amount of warmth to the vocals, while the bass, although still weak, is a bit more noticeable.
At Rs4,490, the MDR NC7 is priced reasonably well for an NC set, but you could buy a pair of quality in-ear monitors for the same price that would provide better sound quality.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 01 2009. 08 47 PM IST
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